Nicaragua – Days 11 & 12: Final Moments

On day 11, we drove back to Granada from San Juan Del Sur, and spent our last day together, just relaxing and reminiscing on this trip of a lifetime. On day 12, we were all headed to the airport and returning home. The following is something I wrote on my phone while in the air,…

Nicaragua – Days 9 & 10: San Juan Del Sur

Day 9 of our trip to Nicaragua was Beach Day! We went to Playa Madera, a surfer's paradise! The waves were huge, and extremely powerful.  It was also my first time in the pacific ocean, which was pretty cool. And of course the food and drinks were amazing! We left our camera's behind this day,…

Nicaragua – Day 8: San Juan Del Sur – A Surfer’s Paradise

On Day 8, we arrived at San Juan Del Sur, a town on Nicaragua’s southwest coast known for it's beaches. It's a prime destination for surfers. We spent most of the day at the Christ of the Mercy statue, which stands on a cliff with an incredible view of San Juan Del Sur below. Later…

Nicaragua – Day 7: Puesta Del Sol & Ometepe Island in Photos

The morning of our second day on Ometepe Island began with a tour by Walter, Socorro's son. Walter showed us his garden and helped us identify the different plants he grew,  such as cinnamon, mango, lemon, sweet lemon, bitter lemon, papaya, plantain, coconut, basil, oregano, mint and so much more! We spent the rest of the…

Nicaragua Day 6 – En Route to Ometepe Island

On day 6 we drove from Leon to San Gorges, where we took a ferry to Ometepe Island. We arrived at Puesta Del Sol, where we participated in a homestay for the next two nights. Christine and I were set up with the Matriarch of the community - a 72 year old woman named Socorro.…

Proyecto Barrilete

Proyecto Barrilete is a community house and orphanage which provides children with free education, food and a safe space to sleep. Unfortunately, with not enough funding and many children to take care of, maintaining the space is not easy. When we entered the building, all the children came running towards us, giving us hugs and…

Proyecto Mi Chante La Casona

Proyecto Mi Chante is an organization in Leon that offers a variety of health and education initiatives. It started as a community house that was used by police officers to do social work with local boys that were causing trouble. What once was known as one of the most dangerous areas of Leon is now…

Las Tias – Mothers Changing Lives

Las Tias began in the street market of Leon, over 20 years ago. At that time, the mothers who worked in those markets weren't able to leave their children home alone during the day while they worked, so they would bring them along to the market. However, these children, growing up out in the streets, ended…